Parenting - Sex Education | 3-12 yrs

Child Abuse: What You Need To Know


We all love the sight of children laughing, playing and exploring the world with wide-eyed innocence. We want to love them, care for them and protect them. In fact, it is hard to imagine that someone would intentionally hurt a child. Yet, with each passing year, countless children are abused all over the world.

Child abuse means causing serious physical, sexual and emotional harm to a child. It can affect a child physically and emotionally in various ways. According to an article published by Mayo Clinic in 2015, a child who is being abused or has been abused may feel guilty, ashamed or confused and will be afraid to report the incident. Therefore, it is very important to watch out for red flags, such as:

  • Withdrawal from friends or other activities
  • Aggression, anger or behavioural changes
  • Depression, anxiety or sudden loss of self-confidence
  • Frequent absence from school or reluctance to attend school
  • Attempts at running away
  • Rebellious or defiant behaviour in their article, '10 Ways to Prevent Child Abuse', has listed various ways to prevent child abuse. Some of them are being a nurturing parent, respecting children, helping to establish parenting groups in the community, and organising programmes in schools to teach prevention strategies to teachers, students and parents.

You can also read the article 'Child Sexual Abuse – Prevention and Care' to know more about child sexual abuse.

Remember, child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. Flip through the pages of this ClipBook to learn more.


Child Abuse Symptoms

A child who's being abused may feel guilty, ashamed or confused. He or she may be afraid to tell anyone about the abuse, especially if the abuser is a parent, other relative or family friend. In fact, the child may have an apparent fear of parents...

What To Do If You Suspect Abuse

It's vital to know what to do if a child ever reveals that she is being abused. By being prepared, and knowing what help is available, you can make a real difference to a child's safety and well-being.

Recognizing Signs And Making A Difference

All types of child abuse and neglect leave lasting scars. Some of these scars might be physical, but emotional scarring has long lasting effects throughout life, damaging a child’s sense of self, ability to have healthy relationships, and ability ...

Child Abuse: How To Tell If Something's Wrong

If your child spends any amount of time away from you – whether it's with a babysitter, with a trusted family friend or relative, or at daycare, it's natural to be concerned about his safety. And like any parent, you've probably wondered whether y...

Child Abuse: What Do You Need To Know?

Child abuse is common. The newspapers and TV news are so full of reports about child mistreatment that you cannot help but wonder how safe your child really is. Although it is a mistake to become overprotective and instill fear in your child, it i...

Child Abuse: Reporting Procedures

If you work with children and young people, you can help to keep them safe by being alert for the signs or indicators of harm and taking appropriate action early.

Experience the joy of connecting with family and children without the use of gadgets. Disconnect2Reconnect. Join the movement and take the Gadget Free Hour pledge now.

More for you